told Jonah to go to Nineveh and to preach.
The people of Nineveh were evil and Jonah was to tell
them that if they did not repent God would destroy them.
But Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh and tried to run
away from God by going in the opposite direction.
He got on a ship, but God caused a storm to come and it
nearly sank the ship. When the men on the ship
discovered that it was Jonah's fault, they threw him
overboard into the sea, and the sea became calm.
God then sent a large fish to swallow Jonah and Jonah
was in the fish’s belly for three days. During this
time Jonah changed his mind and prayed to God.
God caused the fish to spit him up on the beach and
Jonah went to Nineveh.
Jonah preached to the city of Nineveh and they believed
him. They repented and God decided not to destroy them.
But this made Jonah angry. He wanted them to be punished
for their sins. But God told Jonah that he had no right
to be angry because a city of 120,000 people just turned
away from their sinful ways and turned to God.
Lessons we learn from Jonah
1. God loves all of the people in the whole world and
wants everyone to be saved.
2. When we know that God wants us to do something it is
important that we do what He wants us to do.
3. If we wish for God to forgive us our sins we should
be happy when God forgives the sins of other people.
4. We should love all of the people in the world and
teach them about the love and forgiveness of God.